Artist Ruth Douthitt has been drawing since an early age. An Arizona native, she first was inspired by her fourth grade teacher to study art and make it her life's endeavor. Later, her high school art teacher gave her many challenging class assignments that helped her win two scholarships to study art in college.
She has had a one-woman show in New Bern, North Carolina where she and her husband were stationed with the USMC. It was there that Ruth developed a love of wildlife art and drawing animals. She did "pet portraits" while working at Ballantyne Framing & Art. She also was able to sell her watercolors there as well.
Back in Arizona, she began painting portraits of children. First she started painting friend's kids and pets, but that grew into a business. Her commissions grew thanks to positive "word of mouth" reviews from clients.
Her clients range from Police officers, lawyers, and Superior court Judges to stay-at-home moms and grandmothers: all wanting realistic portraits of their beloved children or grandchildren.
She completed her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences from ASU and a Masters degree in Education from University of Phoenix. Ruth has taught art at Glendale Community College and is a member of the Arizona Watercolor Association. She is also an award-winning author of books for middle grade readers and has illustrated her newest release, "The White Wolf."
She resides in Arizona with her husband and their little dog.
"I have truly enjoyed painting portraits and drawing portraits of my friends' kids. I hope the joy I feel is evident in each painting. It truly is an enjoyable task to try and capture the personality of each child in the painting and have it live forever in watercolor. Now that I am illustrating books, more people can own my art forever!"
-Ruth Douthitt February 2018